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Krapp's Last Tape Summary
Samuel Beckett

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Krapp's Last Tape Summary


In Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" (1971), the speaker expresses his weariness from ages of artistic trials as well as his excitement at the prospect of creating what will be his greatest work of art:

Oh, the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum,/ Dodging lions and wastin' time / Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see em. / Yes it sure has been a long, hard climb... / Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody / When I paint my masterpiece. / Someday, everything is gonna be different / When I paint my masterpiece.

Like the speaker of Dylan's song, the protagonist of Krapp's Last Tape is also certain that he possesses the talent to change the world with his art but the focus of Beckett's play is how Krapp's certainty is worn down to a terrible moment of doubt and despair. Krapp ultimately realizes that...

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